Authorities have confirmed that a multi agency operation has led to the arrest of 39 alleged gang members. The persons in custody have been booked into the San Jose Jail and are believed to be associated with the Nuestra Familia gang.
The District Attorney said that a grand jury has indicted a total of 48 individuals. Nine still remain at large. Those named in the indictment face approximately 77 felony counts. These include but are not limited to witness intimidation, robbery and drug sales.
Legal documents show that 38 of those named are men. The remaining 10 are said to be women.
This organization is believed to operate both inside and outside of California prisons. It is believed that decisions by gang leaders influence criminal activity throughout the state. Investigators said their main source of income comes from the sales and distribution of illegal narcotics. It is believed that members are responsible for more than 600 murders in the past four decades.
San Jose Jail officials said this is one of the largest gang prosecutions ever carried out within the county.
The indictments have come after a three-year investigation effort. State and local law agencies were involved. Federal law enforcement agencies also lent a helping hand. Those close to the case said the investigation closed on May 30. That is when the grand jury agreed to bring charges against the 48 named individuals.
A special courtroom will reportedly be needed in order to prosecute all of the defendants. Members of the prosecution team believe that some of the defendants will take plea deals before their cases make it to trial. At the current time it is unclear whether the trial will need to be split in half. It all depends on what the final evidence looks like.
San Jose Jail officials say all 48 individuals are believed to have been active in the sale and distribution of methamphetamine. Several of the defendants are accused of participating in a handful of robberies. Those incidents were carried out at local credit unions and banks.
Four other individuals are believed to be responsible for the murder of a 38 year-old man who was gunned down last August while sitting in his car. Police describe those indicted as being professional gang members who are highly organized. All persons associated with Nuestra Familia are considered to be highly dangerous.
Prosecutors say it could take as long as 12 months to fully put the case together. The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned later this month. Anyone who believes they might have information that could lead to the capture and prosecution of the remaining nine gang members are asked to call San Jose Police.